Despite the plethora of compatible toys and playsets, Disney has announced that it will be discontinuing support for Disney Infinity, the company’s toys-to-life video game platform. Additionally, Disney Infinity developer Avalanche Software will be shuttered, with nearly 300 employees being laid off.
This is certainly sad news, especially for fans of the franchise, as it brought together all of the company’s franchises– from classic Disney properties to newer acquisitions like Marvel and Star Wars– into one interactive toy box. Unfortunately, Disney has a history of shuttering game developers when their titles don’t meet expectations; back in early 2013, the company disbanded developer Junction Point following poor sales of Epic Mickey 2. According to a recent earnings report, Disney had “lower results” for Disney Infinity than it had initially predicted, hence the title’s cancellation. Additionally, Disney Interactive will no longer publish its own video game software, and will instead license out Disney properties to other publishers.
Support for Disney Infinity will not end immediately; the title is still slated to receive three figures based on the new film Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory playset is still scheduled to arrive in June. Those, however, look to be the final hurrah for the series.
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